La va compondre el 1997; es va inspirar en la brillantor el cometa Hale-Bopp, un dels cometes més observat del darrer segle. Introdueix el tema, rítmic i joiós, amb el vent i el segueix tota la massa orquestral cantant l’univers, que també és vida.
Composed in 1997, it was inspired by the flare of the Hale-Bopp, one of the most noted comets of the last century. The theme enters rhythmically and joyously, followed by the whole orchestra ‘singing the universe’, which also is life.
Marçal Borotau, Sonograma
The score opens vigorously, achieving, at its close, sustained risen majesty. The composer says the music is informed by “a wider notion of where the comet may have travelled on its infinite journey through the universe”. Let's not get too carried away by imagery for he assures us "there is no ‘programme’, and … hopes that the work might also be listened to as a purely abstract piece." I think we will over the years hear more of Sainsbury and I look forward to each instance of his music stepping into my field of view and hearing.
Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
A sparkly introduction by the trumpets lays the ground for a brisk full-orchestra section, followed by a calmer and warm second theme. I can imagine myself looking at the Hale-Bopp comet lying down in wide grassland somewhere in Sussex. The whole piece, tonal, certainly sounds British: in his own personal language, Mr. Sainsbury doesn’t forget his own roots and the fabric of British symphonic music, while throwing American influences in the mix and a polished orchestration that reminds of Dutilleux.
Gianmaria Griglio, conductor and composer
Lionel Sainsbury’s internationaly acclaimed music combines influences from South American rhythms, jazz, blues, flamenco, and the Western classical tradition.